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    Starting today, News 96.5 WDBO expands fan-favorite The Brian Kilmeade Show to all three hours - weekdays 9:00 AM until noon.  The decision to expand Kilmeade comes after long-time host Herman Cain announced his retirement last week.   One of Fox News Channel’s most recognizable personalities, Brian Kilmeade, co-host of the popular FOX & Friends morning show, delivers a unique brand of radio to FOX News Talk.  Brian engages listeners with a wide-range of topics and issues, from the major political stories of the day, to culture, sports, movies, music and more…bringing them right into the true “newsroom of life.”    Kilmeade will be joined by top personalities and contributors to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network along with other leading newsmakers, news breakers and experts on a regular basis. A lot of listener interaction takes place as well via calls to the show and e-mails or posts to the Kilmeade & Friends community!
  • Cox Media Group Orlando today announced that Power 95.3 F.M., WPYO will change its music format from hip hop to today’s top hits from popular genres.  “Cox Media Group Orlando’s has an unmatched footprint in Central Florida because we focus on our audience,” said CMG Orlando Market Vice President Paul Curran. “Our listeners told us they wanted a new hits station, and we are excited to provide them with Orlando’s new, No. 1 choice for all the hits.”  You can stream the new Power 95.3 here.   The new format will feature today’s top artists including, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Cardi B and Selena Gomez. The station will also give listeners 2-hour COMMERCIAL FREE music 3 times a day, weekdays at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.   “The evolution of Power 95.3 fortifies our Orlando Radio portfolio and strengthens CMG’s national footprint of best-in-class brands,” said Tim Clarke, VP of Audience and Content for CMG Radio. “I am truly excited for listeners in Orlando to have a new premium option for music and pop culture content.” You can follow Power 95.3 on Facebook here. 
  • Even if you aren’t able to make it to downtown Orlando this year on April 29th, you’ll still be able to enjoy the 2nd Annual Florida Puerto Rican Parade as you’ll be able to watch it live on Channel 9 - WFTV.  The parade starts at 10:00 AM and begin on East Concord Street and North Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, and end at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The fun will continue at the Seneff Arts Plaza with the free Puerto Rican Festival. “As the largest Puerto Rican market in the United States, we are truly excited to announce this partnership with the Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival,” said Paul Curran, market vice president for Cox Media Group Orlando.   Cox owns WFTV and sister station WRDQ-Channel 27, which will offer a repeat of the parade at 11 p.m. April 28.   ‘Nancy Alvarez and our Eyewitness News team have worked tirelessly to share stories of resiliency and recovery on the island after last year’s devastating storms,” Curran added. “With more families relocating to Central Florida every day, this event is a perfect opportunity to continue our mission of serving our community.”  There will be food, live music, arts and craft vendors and more! For more information, click here.
  • Today and tomorrow we’ll be heating up ahead of our next big front. That front will move in late Sunday and bring with it the threat of severe storms.  All of us are under the risk of severe storms Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. The main threats will be damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado chance. Stay weather aware Sunday.  The front will zip through Sunday night and cooler weather moves in. It’ll be unseasonable chilly Monday night, with 40s and low 50s.
  • Our WDBO listeners are very passionate about our radio station and often feel a sense of ownership with us - “WDBO is MY radio station,” they’ll say.  And even when we make very minor changes in our on-air presentation, people are quick to notice.  In the last week, a great number of listeners have asked if we added the word “point” to the way we say News 96.5 WDBO.  The short answer is: Yes. We have.  But the big question is not ‘have we,’ but ‘WHY have we?’ With the rise of so-called smart speakers (Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, Apple’s Siri, etc.) radio stations around the world have had to consider making minor changes to the spoken brand (nothing changes with our visual logo) to assure that the smart speakers adequately return the desired product.  As an example, last year I had a conversation with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade. I had noticed that Brian’s radio show had changed names from “Kilmeade & Friends” to “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”  I asked Brian why they made the change.  “We found that people who’d say ‘Kilmeade and Friends’ to their smart speakers were taken to a story about ‘Killing my friends.”  Well. That’s bad.  So it’s Amazon’s fault that Brian changed the name of his show.  And it’s Amazon’s fault that we’re had to put a point between the six and the five. 
  • Happy Birthday, David Hogg.  The Parkland, Fla., teenager has quickly become the recognizable face and voice of gun control after the shooting massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February.  At the stroke of midnight Thursday, Hogg tweeted: “Now that I’m 18 I can vote will you?” While Hogg was greeted with initial good will as a victim of a traumatic event, the gloves have slowly been coming off from political opponents and critics of his over-the-top rhetoric. And with him now of legal voting age, opponents are stepping up their criticism of Hogg.  Nearly 10,000 users have retweeted Hogg’s birthday proclamation, many of which are very critical of the teen. 
  • A driver seen on viral dashcam video slamming a motorcyclist to the curb in Sarasota has been found and arrested.  Sarasota Sheriff's Office says the driver of the Mazda 3 hatchback is 30-year-old Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla.   In addition to causing the crash, Medrano-Bonilla did not stop after causing the crash. The motorcycle rider, 33-year-old Darin Hendrickson, was left with broken ribs, road rash, and minor abrasions after the car intentionally rammed him. See original story here.  Medrano-Bonilla was booked into the Sarasota County Jail for aggravated battery causing injury and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license. His bail was set at $10,000 for operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license but no bail was set for the aggravated battery with injury charge.
  • Severe weather is expected to hit Central Florida Tuesday afternoon. “Any time from 1 p.m. through the evening, we run the risk of strong to severe storms. Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible. The highest risk time will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” Severe Weather Center 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said.  Shields said the weather is associated with a line of storms that will move in from the west and move east.  “There will be gradual clearing later Tuesday night, and then cooler and sunny tomorrow,” Shields said.
  • The phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States dates back years; decades even. Most historians point to the 1966 Austin, Texas, incident when a former Marine shot 18 people dead from his perch atop the clock tower at the University of Texas. At the time, that was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. But by today’s standards of mass murder in a shooting spree, the Texas clock tower massacre is ‘only’ the 8th deadliest.  And in the last 3 years, we’ve seen a marked increase in the body count in mass shootings.  2012 - Sandy Hook – 27 dead.  2016 – Pulse nightclub – 49 dead 2017 – Sutherland Springs Texas church – 25 and an unborn baby dead 2017 – Las Vegas concert – 58 dead 2018 … 2 weeks ago … Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – 17 dead.   The Parkland massacre shared many of the same traits as most of the others – missed warning signs, emotionally troubled perpetrator, questionable access to firearms and a soft target.  But, the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland has one unique characteristic – The murder of 17 people at the end of the school day has given birth to an actual national discussion on what can be done to prevent this from happening again. Led by students who made it out of the school alive and joined by political parties, labor unions, special interest groups and the power of the internet, #NeverAgain is born.  And for two hours Tuesday, News 96.5 WDBO and Channel 9 Eyewitness News will serve our community by leading a discussion we’re calling #NeverAgain - Solutions to prevent the next shooting massacre in the United States.  Join Joe Kelley, host of Orlando’s Morning News, joined by co-hosts Marsha Taylor and Tony Marino from News 96.5 WDBO and news anchor Greg Warmoth from Channel 9 Eyewitness News.  We’ll be joined by the community’s leaders in law enforcement, education, psychology and security and by YOU – the listeners of News 96.5 WDBO and viewers of Channel 9 Eyewitness news. You can watch our discussion online on the WBDO Facebook page.  President Trump met with Parkland survivors and the families of victims. Mr. Trump is driving hard the idea of arming some teachers and banning bump stocks. Governor Rick Scott has rolled out a 3-part plan for reducing the frequency of school shootings in Florida.  The 3 pillars of the plan are gun laws, school safety, and mental health.  And those are the 3 main issues we’ll discuss Tuesday (February 27th) from 10:00am - 12:00 noon on News 96.5 WDBO. 
  • A crash involving two semi-trucks Friday morning shut down the east lanes of Interstate 4 near the State Road 528 on-ramp. Orange County Fire Rescue said live fish were on the road from one of the trucks. Fire Rescue officials said there was “heavy damage,” but did not say if anyone was injured. It's not clear what caused the crash.  No other details were released. Heavy fog was an issue on the roads throughout the morning. UPDATE: the fish are from a farm in Clewiston. They are tilapia. Crew was headed to Brooklyn. They were scheduled to get there Saturday morning at 4am.
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

    Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.


    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

    On the personal side, Joe has been married to the woman of his dreams, Nicole, since 1996. Joe and Nicole were winners on TV’s “The Newlywed Game” later that year.

    Nicole and Joe adopted an 11-year-old son from the state of Texas in 2001, after seeing his story on the Dallas TV news. Nicole gave birth in Dallas to their only daughter, Sierra, in 2003. The always-rambunctious Kelley twins, Hudson and Brooks, were born in Tulsa in 2006.

    Joe and Nicole are thrilled to move the family to Orlando and are very excited about making new friends in their new home.

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  • The Crittenden County Medical Examiner in Arkansas has ruled the death of Memphis, Tennessee, mother Aisha Fair and her two sons a murder-suicide. >> Watch the news report here The news comes several weeks after deputies found Fair and her young boys dead inside a car in the Mississippi River. The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office said Fair was in an accident on I-40 moments before going into the river in late July.  Investigators said she fled the scene of that accident, drove through a nearby field and into the river, where the bodies were recovered.  Fair, 26; Charvon Lofton, 7; and Jattir Ragland Jr., 2, died in the crash. >> On Fox13Memphis.com: Family identifies Memphis mother and 2 children after drowning in lake Days before driving into the river, Fair posted on GoFundMe and Facebook about her battle with “schizoaffective disorder,” a mental health condition, WHBQ reported. Moments after getting the medical examiner's results, WHBQ’s Tony Atkins sat with Dr. John McCoy, a clinical psychologist of 45 years, to discuss the incident. “Nobody did anything wrong. It’s a genetic medical disorder just like two or three other medically inherited disorders,” said Dr. John McCoy.  He said it's not common for people dealing with mental health issues to become violent.  >> Read more trending news  “Most people who have a severe mental illness are not dangerous, but sometimes they are,” McCoy said.  McCoy said best practices for loved ones are to keep constant communication with those affected by the disorder.  “It helps to know what they’re thinking. It’s a lot better if you know what a person is thinking and the conclusions they’ve come to,” McCoy said. “These are largely inherited and they affect normal, ordinary people that had not idea they had the particular genetic makeup.” WHBQ reached out to Fair’s loved ones about the report but are still working to make contact. 
  • With President Donald Trump leading the charge, Republicans and the White House went on the offensive on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of using flimsy allegations of sexual misconduct in a last-ditch bid to stop the Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as GOP leaders vowed a Senate vote as early as next Tuesday. “We’re going to be moving forward – I’m confident we’re going to win,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters just off the Senate floor, as top Republicans formed a solid political wedge in public, making the argument that ‘vague, uncorroborated allegations’ should not be allowed to stop Kavanaugh. “The Democrats in the Senate have had one goal since the beginning of this process, and that is to sink Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination,” said Sen. John Thune (R-SD). “I think everybody in America understands there is a presumption of innocence,” McConnell added. “That standard of fairness is applied to every American citizen.” . @SenateMajLdr: 'We have hired a female assistant to go on staff and to ask these questions in a respectful and professional way. We want this hearing to be handled very professionally not a political sideshow…' #Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/N0hGKA6NqX — CSPAN (@cspan) September 25, 2018 Increasingly confident that Kavanaugh will survive Thursday’s hearing – where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to speak about her allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh from 1982 – Republicans set up a possible Friday vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Kavanaugh nomination. If Kavanaugh is approved by the panel on Friday, the full Senate could start debate on the nomination as early as Saturday, with a final vote occurring by the following Tuesday – if Republicans have 50 votes for the judge. “The committee will do its work,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), “and we’ll hopefully get to a vote as soon as possible.” So far, GOP Senators who have been on the record in support of Kavanaugh aren’t backing away from the judge at this point because of the multiple allegations against him. “Based on what I know now, it would not be enough for me to wipe out his entire life,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who argued to reporters that a lack of corroborating evidence from Ford is an important point. Republicans also set in motion a plan to hire a special outside counsel – Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona – who would ask questions of Ford, instead of the all male GOP lineup on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I’ve taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think it’s smart of us to have someone who is a professional do it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said of the outside counsel decision, as Graham told reporters if he felt like something else needed to be asked, then he might speak up at some point. The move was seemingly taken with the 1991 Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings in mind, when GOP Senators faced stern criticism for how they questioned Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment against the future Supreme Court Justice. Democrats expressed dismay at the decision. “I’m amazed that they would not ask questions themselves,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) of Republicans. Meanwhile at the United Nations, President Trump made very clear that he’s on board with Kavanaugh, as he lashed out at Democrats, and one of the judge’s accusers. “The Democrats are playing a con game. C-O-N. A con game,” the President said. “And it’s a shame. And they know it’s a con game.” President Trump on Judge #Kavanaugh confirmation process: 'This is a con game being played by the Democrats.' pic.twitter.com/rHDDaTO4z0 — CSPAN (@cspan) September 25, 2018 “I look at the second accuser – the second accuser has nothing. The second accuser doesn’t even know – she thinks, maybe, it could have been him, maybe not,” Mr. Trump said. “She admits that she was drunk.” That woman, Deborah Ramirez, is not expected to testify before the panel on Thursday.  
  • Police believe a Roswell, Georgia, piano teacher may have sexually abused dozens of his students over three decades of teaching.  >> Watch the news report here WSB-TV first reported on Troy Palmer's arrest earlier this month at his home in north Fulton County. Two victims came forward over the summer with stories about the abuse they suffered during Palmer's lessons. Since his arrest, police tell WSB-TV's Mike Petchenik that at least three more victims have contacted them. >> PREVIOUS STORY: Georgia piano teacher arrested on child molestation charges “We really suspect that there’s (dozens) of people that could be victims. He’s actually targeting boys,' Officer Lisa Holland told Petchenik. Investigators said Palmer abused some of those students while parents were just feet away. According to arrest warrants, Palmer told parents to stay outside of his home so that he could have the kids inside. The warrant said he taught the children in a “sound proofed” and locked room.  'It's kind of a classic 'grooming case' where he is a friend with the parents, tries to be friends with the kids and this goes on for years,' Holland said. Petchenik also spoke with a woman who lived up the street from Palmer and asked WSB-TV to conceal her identity.  >> Read more news stories  She recalled a specific comment that Palmer made to her that in hindsight was concerning. '“He said something about loving children so much, how he loved the big, fat ones. ‘You just want to squeeze them,’” she told Petchenik. Palmer was indicted on child molestation charges by a grand jury Tuesday and remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond.
  • Controversy continues to swirl around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of decades-old sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by a pair of women. >> Read more trending news What was expected to be a simple nomination process has become mired in allegations involving incidents alleged to have occurred while Kavanaugh was in high school or college. Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker he made unwanted advances toward her during a party at a dormitory during the 1983-84 school year, while she and Kavanaugh were attending Yale University. Earlier this month, Christine Blasey Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party in the 1980s, when they were both teenagers. Update 10:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 25: Senate Republican leaders have tapped Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Christine Blasey Ford and SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, according to a statement from committee chair Chuck Grassley. Mitchell, a career sex crimes prosecutor, will question Ford and Kavanaugh on Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when the two were in high school in the early 1980s. >> Related: Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations in first TV interview: ‘I never did any such thing’ “The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators  an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns,” Grassley said. Mitchell is on leave from the Maricopa County Prosecutor’s Office in order to participate in the hearing Thursday. Update 8:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 25: Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein called the planned vote Friday morning on Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination “outrageous.” “For Republicans to schedule a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh today, two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story, is outrageous,” the California Democrat said in a statement Tuesday. Feinstein accused the GOP of creating an unfair process. “First Republicans demanded Dr. Blasey Ford testify immediately. Now Republicans don’t even need to hear her before they move ahead with a vote, she said. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, however, denied the accusations.  >> Related: SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in first TV interview repeatedly denies sexual assault accusations “Still taking this 1 step at a time,” Grassley said in a post on social media. Grassley said that committee rules require three days notice before a vote.  “So we’re following regular order,” he said. He also said if the committee isn’t ready to vote after Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s testimony Thursday, then they’ll postpone it. Update 6:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 25: The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for Friday morning on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ford is set to testify before the committee on Thursday about the assault she said she suffered at the hands of Kavanaugh at a party when the two were still in high school. There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will get a chance to tell her story before the committee votes, but committee staffers interviewed Kavanaugh Tuesday about her allegations and he denied them again, according to news reports. Update 1:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 25: An attorney representing Ramirez said Tuesday that his client wants the FBI to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh. “We remain adamant that an FBI investigation, where all witnesses are questioned under threat of perjury, is the only way to get the truth,” attorney John Clune wrote on Twitter. Clune added that Ramirez stands by her account of drunken wrongdoing by Kavanaugh, as told to The New Yorker and published Sunday. Original report: President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Democrats of using the allegations to play a “con game” with Kavanaugh. >> SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in first TV interview repeatedly denies sexual assault accusations The president claimed that Deborah Ramirez, a woman who accused Kavanaugh of making unwanted sexual advances toward her during a college party in the 1980s, said, “She was totally inebriated, and she was all messed up, and she doesn’t know it was him, but it might have been.” “This is a con game being played by the Democrats,” Trump said. Ramirez is the second woman to go public with accusations against Kavanaugh. She told The New Yorker in a story published Sunday that he made unwanted advances toward her during a party at a dormitory during the 1983-84 school year, while she and Kavanaugh were attending Yale University. >> Second Kavanaugh accuser: Who is Deborah Ramirez? University professor Christine Blasey Ford is expected to provide testimony Thursday at a public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about a separate alleged encounter she says she had with the Supreme Court nominee when they were both teenagers. Ford told The Washington Post earlier this month that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has issued several denials of the allegations. >> Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court? 'I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,' Kavanaugh said in an interview that aired Monday on Fox News. 'I've always treated women with dignity and respect.' The Supreme Court nominee is also expected to testify at Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
  • A new interview shows a suspect repeatedly denying any role in the murder of an Osceola County couple, despite intense grilling from detectives. Roosevelt and Janette Dixon were found shot to death in their Kissimmee home in July. Video of the nearly two-hour interview, obtained by Channel 9, shows Federico Gondola denying the murder multiple times. “I didn’t have anything to do with this,” Gondola says at one point. His hands and feet are shackled in the video, while he's sitting in a small room facing two detectives. More than half an hour later, his story didn’t change. “I didn’t murder nobody, though. I would not murder nobody. I did not – I would not take a life,” Gondola said. Documents released by prosecutors tell a different story. Detectives said Gondola was the Dixons’ handyman who tried to extort the victim after allegedly finding child porn on his computer. During a confrontation, detectives said Gondola opened fire, killing Mr. Dixon first, then his wife. There were no signs of forced entry and the hard drive for the home surveillance system was missing, deputies said. According to deputies, Gondola tried to recruit a friend to dispose of the bodies, which helped investigators crack the case. Read: Handyman shot, killed Kissimmee couple in possible extortion attempt, deputies say Even with that evidence, Gondola wouldn’t admit to anything in his interview with police. Detective: “I’ve got an arrest warrant for you. I’m charging you with murder.” Gondola: “Me?” Detective: “Yeah. And guess what: The opportunity was there, my man.” The interview ends with Gondola asking to speak to a lawyer. The Dixons’ deaths were two of 13 homicide investigations that plagued Central Florida in just seven days in the middle of July. Gondola remains at the Osceola County Jail. Get breaking news alerts from the free WFTV News & Weather apps